Protest at Dow Headquarters!
On November 16, 2005, several students from Oakland University
and the University of Michigan joined in a protest outside Dow’s
Midland, MI headquarters. Although the weather was bitterly cold,
the students waved banners, shouted slogans, and went inside to
meet with Dow Public Affairs man Scott Wheeler.
“It gave us a good opportunity to talk with Dow's pr people,
and hear what their usual defense/rationale for their inaction in
Bhopal. We met with Scott Wheeler, at the headquarters.
“Basically, he said that the government of Madhya Pradesh
is responsible for cleaning up the site. He said Carbide was told
to leave after the disaster, by the MP gvmt. He says that MP has
started the initial process of cleaning up the site, and now it
is in their hands to continue their process. He said that Dow bought
the shares of UCC, and owns their assets, but not their liabilities.
He says that union carbide exists within Dow, as their own entity.
He said that the civil case in NY has been thrown out (or one of
them has?), that they have been repeatedly dismissed. (He didn't
talk about how they had been reinstated.) And he said that Dow does
not have the power to make warren Anderson appear in court (he's
80 yrs old), and something like Dow doesn't have the authorized
representatives to send to Bhopal. When Arianna asked why don't
they drop the case against the survivors, he said that no such case
exists. He made repeated comments that the government of MP is responsible
for cleaning up Bhopal. I don't know how true that is, but I feel
we learned a lot from talking to him – if only about their
‘no blame’ mindset.”